Uses

Updated: May 15th, 2020

The tools, software, and hardware I use to do my work.

Studio

Hardware

  • 13 inch Macbook Pro. I love the combination of power and portability.
  • LG 32UD99-W: My main monitor which captures most of my attention.
  • Dell P2415Q: It’s nice to have a smaller monitor next to it where I can put reference material. Or just preview things.
  • Apple Magic Trackpad 2: After having used the Magic Mouse for years, I figured it was time to try something new.
  • Magic Keyboard: I like to have the same keyboard set up externally as on my Macbook.
  • CalDigit TS3 Plus Dock: This is what connects everything together and provides the Macbook with a single Thunderbolt cable to get it all hooked up.
  • WD My Passport: Automatically takes care of the Time Machine backups.

Development

  • VS Code is my editor and I love it. It’s fast, customizable, and has everything for my needs.
  • Night Owl is currently the theme I’m using for VS Code.
  • Dank Mono is the font.
  • iTerm2 is my favorite terminal when I need it outside VS Code.

Design

  • Sketch: For all things design and UI related work.
  • InVision is great for prototyping and to showcase design.
  • Pixelmator Pro is what I use for any type of image manipulation I need to do.
  • ColorSnapper for quickly getting color codes for anything on the screen.
  • PixelSnap is super useful for measuring any element on the screen.

Writing

  • Drafts: All thoughts and ideas start here. I love the simplicity of it.
  • The Archive: Most of what I’m writing is in plain Markdown files. This handy little application is exquisite at browsing, exploring and finding those Markdown files.

General

  • Firefox is the browser I use and I’m loving it.
  • Alfred to navigate my file system.
  • Keyboard Maestro: For macros and setups.
  • Things is where I keep track of what I need to do.
  • Spotify for all music and getting in the mood.
  • Reeder for RSS and read later services.
  • Pinboard: My permanent bookmark storage. Integrates nicely with Alfred for instant search.

Utilities

  • Bartender keeps things nice and tidy in the menu bar.
  • CleanShot X to annotate and share screenshots.
  • Transmit for the rare cases when I need a classic FTP client.
  • Rocket to quickly grab a proper emoji.
  • 1Password to keep my passwords protected and accessible.
  • Focus is great to block out distractions and get in the flow.

Other gear

  • I use a black Goruck GR1 21L as my everyday backpack. Have used Goruck’s products for almost 10 years. Best in the world.